Black River Independent School Committee

Date/Time: 07/18/2019 @ 6:30pm

Location: Black River High School Middle School Library


I. Call to Order

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Agenda: Additions & Deletions

II. Approval of Minutes

  1. 07/02/2019
  2. 07/11/2019

III. Board Comments

IV. Business

  1. Updates

1. Appreciated Stock Account via UD

2. Head of School Position Legal Advice via UD/HT

      B. Discussion

        1. Review Work Groups, ie: Timeline

2. Stemwinder Event Guests Follow Up

3. Head of School Job Posting *See Below*

        4. Event Calendar, Potential Events

V. Public Comments

VI. Suggested Items for Next Meeting

VII. Adjournment

Head of School Job Posting

Black River Academy is seeking an experienced, self-directed, caring and innovative

Head of School to lead the opening of its new Ludlow, Vermont campus. Black River

Academy, an independent 7-12 grade middle school and high school, will open to

students in August 2020. The Head of School will lead and support a dynamic team of

staff and faculty to provide students challenging and meaningful curricula and

academics in grades 7-12. Black River Academy is projected to open with 75 students

from the local and surrounding communities. Situated in the heart of a small resort town,

the school will be committed to serving the unique challenges and opportunities for

students living in rural Vermont. The Head of School will be dedicated to helping

students achieve success inside and outside of the classroom through personalized

learning; hands-on experiential and vocational training in the community and local

technical schools; and immersive exploration and experiences through local outdoor

education. The ideal candidate will demonstrate skills and knowledge in academics and

personalized learning, as well as admissions and fundraising. The Head of School will

be involved in setting up and preparing for the new school campus in the Okemo Valley.

Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

-Bring to life Black River Academy’s vision of offering a challenging and

meaningful middle and high school education that balances active exploration,

adventure, an integrated curriculum, and authentic and meaningful engagement.

-Be a visible and active presence in the school community, leading by example

the six pillars of our mission: Global Breath of Perspective, Democratic

-Participation and Justice, Environmental Stewardship, Outdoor Adventure,

Personal Action and Engagement in Community.

-Lead a diverse school and create and foster a student-focused atmosphere.

-Develop and implement strategic plans and employ well-founded, collaborative,

and researched administrative decision-making.

-Identify and promote effective instructional practices.

-Direct and participate in classroom visitations and observations.

-Work collaboratively and communicate regularly with school board of trustees.

-Establish, coordinate, and maintain communication with community and parents.

-Direct, supervise, and coordinate activities and events for the school.

-Implement and conduct discipline procedures.

-Lead the hiring of school faculty.

-Develop and manage budget.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Advanced degree in Education preferred but not required.

-Minimum five years of classroom experience.

-Experience leading school staff, faculty and students, grades 7-12, in public or

private school.

-Strong leadership, time management and multitasking skills.

-Excellent oral and written communication skills.

-Strong foundational knowledge in instructional technologies including and

understanding of learning management software.

-A commitment to understanding and addressing the unique needs of students in

a small, rural community.

Open until filled.